A Kentucky woman gave her 5-year-old son a .22 caliber Crickett brand rifle for his birthday. This resulted in the 5-year-old killing his 2-year-old sister, Caroline Sparks.
Sparks left her son unattended with the rifle when he fatally shot his baby sister. Believing that a “child safety” was all that was necessary to keep the child safe from accidentally firing the weapon, the rifle was kept unlocked in a “safe place.”
The uncle of the victim said, “It’s just tragic. It’s something that you can’t prepare for.”
The grandmother of the children, Linda Riddle, told WLEX, “It was God’s will. It was her time to go, I guess. I just know she’s in heaven right now and I know she’s in good hands with the Lord.”
Kentucky police trooper said that, “It’s just one of those nightmares,” he said, “a quick thing that happens when you turn your back. In this part of the country, it’s not uncommon for a 5-year-old to have a gun or for a parent to pass one down to their kid.”
The rifle that was used was a “My First Rifle” Cricket rifle, designed and marketed as a toy for children. Their website says on the home page, “Quality Firearms For America’s Youth.”
They feature testimonials from people who have bought their firearms, one says,
“Thank you for supporting the next generation of recreational shooters. My 4 1/2 year old daughter thought the “pink one” was far superior to a black synthetic stock,who am i to argue? I never would have thought that a pink rifle would be sitting in the rack in the gun room. I look forward to when my daughter is a bit older and ready to begin her journey in the great sport of shooting.”
The tragedy has been ruled an accident and no one involved will face charges.
You can watch a CNN report on the shooting here: